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Getting Ready for Discharge

Discharge planning begins the day you arrive

When you were admitted to the hospital, you received a large envelope that had a checklist on the front. You can begin planning for your discharge by ensuring all forms, instructions, educational materials and other information you receive while you are here are placed in the envelope. This ensures information is all in one place so the day you are discharged it can be reviewed with your nurse and family. The front of the envelope includes a checklist of what you will need as you get ready to leave. Review the list and speak with your care providers if you have any questions.

Being discharged

When a physician indicates a patient can be discharged, the patient and family are usually anxious to go home as soon as possible. While we work to discharge patients in the mornings, there are sometimes factors that delay that process. For instance, if your physician ordered final tests that need to be reviewed prior to discharge or there are medications you began using in the hospital that need to be reconciled with medications you're already taking, then these issues could delay the discharge process. As soon as the final details of your care are completed and your physician completes all necessary paperwork, our hospital staff will facilitate your discharge.

Your hospital staff will review discharge instructions with you before you leave. Our goal is to ensure that the directions are clear because following them will be important to your recovery. Our care managers will help with homecare or other transitional needs and answer any questions you may have. Depending on the unit you are on and the nature of your stay, a health care provider may call after you have been discharged to follow up on your care and answer any remaining questions you may have.

Post-hospital care

Grimes Center

The Grimes Center is a licensed 125-bed skilled nursing facility and short-term rehabilitation center affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. Our affiliation, combined with an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation completed in 2005, offers a unique facility for both long-term residential care for those unable to live independently and short-term rehabilitation for patients who have experienced elective surgery, an injury or major illness.

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